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“Middle of Nowhere, but So Much History”

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 620 helpful votes
“Middle of Nowhere, but So Much History”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

It is quite a drive to get to this sleepy little area in Virginia, but if you have any interest in U.S. History, particularly Civil War History, you need to stop here. It is important to note that the location is at the Appomattox Court House, but McLean House is where the pact/treaty to end the Civil War was signed. The guide I had at McLean House was passionate and knowledgeable. He answered question promptly and in depth. After the 45 minute tour, you were allowed to wander around the historic buildings and you can also take a short drive to either Lee or Grant's Camp location, where there are short hikes.

Visited November 2012
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Lexington, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Poignantly significant site”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Where Lee and Grant of course met almost 150 years ago to end the War Between the States. . . Park Service has done an excellent job restoring the village. Very knowledgeable staff. The vista looking west along the old fence might give you a sense of what it was like back then. Well worth a visit!
Unfortunately road signs/directions from US 460 were not too clear (It is 3.5 miles outside current city limits of Appomatox.)

Visited January 2013
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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Very beautiful and conserved grounds and dwellings”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

They were very kind to us there. We had a mishap, I was ill, and they were understanding and helpful.
The park is just beautiful and the museum nicely done. I'd never seen a donation done with pockets for each state. Kind of puts the heat on :) There is a small charge for a tour of the McClean house where the Surrender took place. The guide in the afternoon was okay, but really repetitive and not full of different information. I thought he was also contradictory to his own comments and confusing. It almost felt like he was showing us to any old place. Maybe just me.
We would have liked to seen more of the grounds, not much was said about them, but it was really chilly out anyway.

Visited January 2013
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Ayden, North Carolina
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“not flashy but understated class and presented very appropriately”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This historic site is made more memorable by the well preserved setting and the casual but dignified manner of accurate and historical presentation by staff. Overall a casual,straightforward approach is present that most everyone would find interesting.

Visited April 2012
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NYC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Interesting part of Civil War history”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

A town reconstructed to look like it did when Lee surrendered to Grant. (The original buildings were all destroyed or torn down). Good visitors center with two videos. A ranger gives a tour of the building where the surrender was signed. Worth the trip.

Visited January 2013
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